24 September 2005

Sinn Féin celebrates 100 years


24/09/2005 - 11:46:43

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Thousands of Sinn Féin supporters will gather in Dublin today to mark 100 years of the party as speculation mounts that the republican movement is ready to dump its arms.

Amid growing belief that the IRA is on the verge of living up to its commitments to end its war with Britain, party President Gerry Adams will address supporters at the major rally in the capital.

Mr Adams fuelled speculation that an unprecedented act of decommissioning was on the cards after he declared that Northern Ireland was close to a final accommodation between unionists and nationalists.

“We believe that we are all on the cusp of a future which allows those of us who want to, to see democratic and peaceful structures in place,” Mr Adams said after yesterday’s meeting with Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.

“Those of us who want to see equality right across the island and those of us who want to see an accommodation between unionists and the rest of us, we are on the cusp of that happening in the wake of the IRA putting its arms beyond use.”

The "Rally for Irish Unity" is the latest in a series of events which have strengthened belief that the Provos are ready to live up to their July 28 pledge to ended armed struggle and dump its massive arsenal.

Mr Adams told Sinn Féin supporters in south Armagh on Thursday that republicans could be handed an unparalleled opportunity for major political advances.

On Friday a party delegation which included chief negotiator Martin McGuinness met with Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, and two of his most senior ministers.

And in a further development it has emerged Mr McGuinness is due to travel to Washington next Tuesday further intensifying speculation that IRA disarmament is imminent.

The Mid-Ulster MP last travelled to the United States days ahead of the IRA’s historic statement which declared an end to the armed struggle.

Retired Canadian General John de Chastelain is charged with the task of scrutinising IRA disarmament, but the Democratic Unionist Party has remained sceptical about any move.

Ian Paisley, DUP leader, has insisted it is unacceptable for an independent Unionist observer to witness the decommissioning to be approved by the republicans.

He challenged the British government: “Will Unionist demands for open, verifiable, photographed and witnessed decommissioning be adhered to or not? Furthermore is that what the British government has requested of the IRA and have they made it clear to the IRA that nothing else is satisfactory?

“We have a right to ask that question and to receive the straight answer, yes or no. Unionists are not going to be pushed over by the duplicity of either the IRA or the two governments. We have a right to know the truth. The day for deception is over, the day for the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth has come.”

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